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Microsoft to Roll Out Ribbon Again for Windows 8

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 83 comments

It's baaaaaaaaaack!

Microsoft's Ribbon UI design first debuted in Office 2007. Those accustomed to the traditional (and still oft-used) layout of Windows applications found the Ribbon UI of Office 2007 found that their productivity was often hampered – a troubling change for a productivity software suite.

Over the years since then, the Ribbon design idea has slowly made itself understandable to users though refinements and just plain pervasiveness as Microsoft continues to push it. The next big platform for even more Ribbon could be Windows 8.

According to Within Windows and WinSuperSite, Windows 8 will likely have a Ribbon interface for Windows Explorer, which is used for file management in the operating system. Ribbon in its current form in Windows 8 replacement the menu and toolbar. In the opinion of the authors, the change comes at the expense of screen real estate and attractiveness.

Several Ribbons are available depending on the directory or folder. Ones dedicated to images could have picture tools available on the Ribbon.

At this stage, it appears that the Ribbon UI for Windows Explorer in Windows 8 can be disabled – which is considerate for all those who are comfortable with the current system.

Discuss more about this and other Windows 8 features here!

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    manitoublack , April 7, 2011 9:10 AM
    Ban the Ribbin!! it's crap. AutoCAD 2010 got it, and they had the forsight to make sure you could disable it.

    Uses too much screen realestate
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    Anonymous , April 7, 2011 9:15 AM
    Why should it be at the cost of attractiveness? Text menu's are attractive? My old mother would like something rather icon based a thousand times better than having to remember a text-menu structure the way many old-time computer-users are used to. If Apple had suggested something like this it would be considered simply innovative. The way change in systems, even for the better, is often met with resentment is interesting, telling something about how conservative in a literal sense the IT community actually is. Despite it's innovative self-image.
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    Humans think , April 7, 2011 9:35 AM
    So the browsers get slimmer and slimmer to the point of losing functionality. And Windows on the other hand wants to get to the opposite site of minimalistic design by enabling ribbons in the system.

    Tbh I like the ribbons in Office, I work faster and I have no problem when using my 1920*1200 display. But in Windows, I already know all the shortcuts and take full advantage of right-click menus and the available real-estate.

    Some changes made to Windows, I still think are to the wrong direction like changing the new control panel and the right-click menu in network adapters. But some are in the right direction like right-click menu of the sound.

    About the ribbons, I agree with godofmosquitos that it will help novice users but I don't think they will be usable @ small screens. Keep the feature to let us disable it at will and it is a win-win situation.
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    Kryan , April 7, 2011 9:57 AM
    I still often struggle to find all the little gimmicks and tools I once knew so well in office 2003 and sooner. Sure, it's PRETTIER now, but more productive? the article hits it on the head for me. I fear Windows 8 now...unless there is the option to just keep the plain old Windows (aero) layout.
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    andy5174 , April 7, 2011 10:04 AM
    It's darn ugly! I am gonna say pass to win8.
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    gruntlord6 , April 7, 2011 10:08 AM
    KryanI still often struggle to find all the little gimmicks and tools I once knew so well in office 2003 and sooner. Sure, it's PRETTIER now, but more productive? the article hits it on the head for me. I fear Windows 8 now...unless there is the option to just keep the plain old Windows (aero) layout.

    its called staying with windows 7, and there's an option to disable ribbon in windows 8
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    kkiddu , April 7, 2011 10:21 AM
    I'm considered a computer expert by most I know, and I feel so stupid if I ever have to use MS Office 2007 on their computers. Can't even find the basic buttons, thanks to me being loyal to Office 2003.
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    ikefu , April 7, 2011 10:34 AM
    I used to hate the ribbon in office 2007 but now I love it. If you remember way back when you first started office, finding all those options buried in text menu structure was very painful until you memorized them. Same applies to the ribbon except now things are a bit more logical. Once I discovered that you can shift through ribbon categories with the scroll wheel on your mouse my productivity went way higher than with text menus.

    That said, do we really need giant orange donut icons to represent changing picture orientation? I think much smaller icons off to the left of each option would suffice and save screen space.
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 7, 2011 11:02 AM
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    iam2thecrowe , April 7, 2011 11:11 AM
    that is some seriously ugly sh!t. Seriously microsoft, cut the crap, what has gotten into you. Your like a little brat acting up because someone took his toy. If you keep coming up with crap like this everyone will go to mac, and i really dont want to have to do that. Just make windows 7 more optimised and streamlined and call it windows 8.
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    sudeshc , April 7, 2011 11:13 AM
    MS need to do alot of work before they make it final.
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    frozentundra123456 , April 7, 2011 11:56 AM
    I absolutely hate the ribbon in microsoft office. How could they add this monstrosity to the OS.
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    ubercake , April 7, 2011 12:04 PM
    The interface is f-ing ugly and makes people rely more and more on the question mark button or F1. Must be something designed by Gates' favorite nephew?!

    From an IT standpoint, this ribbon junk is so different, the training required, alone, makes you consider a transition to Open Office. And now they want to apply this to the OS!!?

    I'll tell you what... why not bury every frigging option under the help button?!! Just put one damn big windows question mark button up in the middle of the screen and people can run a search every time they want to perform any function?
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    Anonymous , April 7, 2011 12:24 PM
    Horror, ribbon nightmare everywhere ... WTF !!!
    I am sure on 99.99% there will be no option to disable ribbon in explorer !!!
    Ms have mercy over advanced users.
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    trandoanhung1991 , April 7, 2011 12:40 PM
    I actually find the ribbons much more intuitive compared to a (few) big ass drop down menus.

    Although, the cost of screen real estate might make me want to reconsider that view:( .
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    Anonymous , April 7, 2011 12:42 PM
    I like ribbons. They make sense when there is a lot of functionality that needs to be used frequently...
    But there is not much U can do with files so keyboard (shortcuts) + mouse (right click menu), back and forth buttons, address bar and perhaps a tree is enough. If they can come up with additional useful functionality then please...
    The ribbon taking up a bit of screen size is not an issue if it is actually used. Not just sitting there like a toolbar in web browsers. (keeping in mind that we don't use 800x600 anymore)
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    casperstouch , April 7, 2011 12:58 PM
    At work we still use Windows XP Pro as Later version Remote Desktop are not comparable with the hardware of our products. We use Office XP Pro also. We are slowly moving to centOS to keep moving forward but without the compatibility issues. I for one am Glad I will not have to use that Ribbon.
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    internetlad , April 7, 2011 1:27 PM
    Hell, at least they're TRYING something new instead of replacing the square start menu button with a round one. You guys need to see more than 2 screens and a highly speculative article before you blow your tops.
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    belardo , April 7, 2011 1:37 PM
    I and others are fine and like Ribbon for products such as office. It does do what it was design to do.

    But for explorer, I think it would be a pain in the butt, sucking up more space and changing ribbons ever few seconds. As long as it can be turned OFF, it can stay. Dor novice users, it could be helpful.
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    schmich , April 7, 2011 1:37 PM
    It's probably to make things a bit more touch friendly. But yeah, I've never been a fan of the ribbon.

    TH: how come when I write a comment, press Submit, login as asked that my comment is removed so I have to re-write everything again? How come you haven't fixed that after all these years? That and the gallery system you've got needs work. What are your designers doing?
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